Leadership Summit Session 6: Terri Kelly

Terri KellyTerri Kelly is president and CEO of W.L. Gore & Associates, a 50-year old, multi-billion dollar enterprise that is often profiled as an example of the future of management. A pioneer in lattice-based management structure, Gore’s “associates” become leaders based on their ability to gain the respect of their peers and to attract followers. Kelly became president and CEO in 2005, after she was elected by her peers to serve in that role. Employing more than 8,000 associates in 45 plants around the world, Gore produces many unique products, including Gore-Tex® fabric, and is perpetually named on lists of “the best places to work.” Kelly will explain how this unique culture works on a practical level.


  • What were the founders of Gore trying to do?
    • Fundamental values lead to your success.
    • Foster an environment of collaboration.
    • Personal relationships that formed while doing special projects, wanted to create an entire company that functions that way.
    • Organize around the power of small teams.
  • What’s so different about Gore?
    • It truly is a peer-based organization.
    • Everyone understands it’s everyone’s job to make everyone successful.
    • People are much more vested in their own outcome and the success of the organization.
  • What do you mean by “on demand hierarchy?”
    • Decisions are made based on who is most knowledgeable


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